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Research Coordinator III - Tickle College of Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Research Coordinator III - Tickle College of EngineeringRegular, Full-time, Market Range 12

The Engineering Research Office (ERO), located in the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for a full-time research Coordinator III.  The ERO provides concierge service to enhance the quality and success of extramural research proposals. Reporting to the Research Director, the Coordinator III will be a primary contact for faculty and support staff in the seven academic departments and six research centers comprising the TCE's research enterprise.

Primary Responsibilities

The Coordinator III will have an active role in implementing efforts to enhance the success of faculty members relative to external funding.  Primary duties include providing technical assistance to faculty members relative to all aspects of proposal support, including analysis of the RFP/solicitation, proposal planning and budget development, facilitating internal/external collaborative arrangements, assisting with final submission to sponsor; serving as liaison with internal and external constituencies to facilitate collaborative research activities through exchanging information and clarifying procedures and requirements during the proposal stage; coordinating the strategic development of large proposals;  and participating in ongoing examinations of college research metrics and benchmarking data to facilitate strategic planning and decision-making by college leadership.

Minimum Required Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s degree with at least eight years of related experience, or a Master’s degree with at least four years of related experience is required. 


  • Years of experience should be directly related to sponsored research, preferably within a university environment or in a corporate or non-profit setting with extensive experience with state and federal funding agencies
  • Minimum of four years of experience interpreting and applying federal regulations relative to sponsored research
  • Experience with grant and contract policies of state, federal, private, and non-profit funding agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to work and/or lead within a team
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills to deal effectively and tactfully with personnel at all levels
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; proficiency in MS Excel
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with UTK fiscal policies and procedures
  • Working knowledge of Uniform Guidance
  • Proficient in using sponsor-specific submission systems such as, Fastlane, and
  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) credential
Interested individuals must provide a cover letter addressing professional experience relevant to each required minimum qualification, a resume, and complete contact information for three professional references. 

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Administration - Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jul 23, 2021, 4:03:21 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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